|Plot Summary of A Time to Die|
Five Star, Feb 2004, 25.95, 248 pp.
By 2030 the Moralist Party rules supreme in the United States after decades of showing the hypocrisies of the two former major political parties and pushing Christian principals in support of life. Death is outlawed as machines keep people alive regardless of the illness or injury. In Des Moines, Dr. Patricia Jewett deals with the end of death as a medical practitioner at the Chronic Care Facility of the C. Everett Koop Memorial Hospital.
Patricia somewhat stays detached until her mentor Dr. Shobert arrives paralyzed and apparently brain dead from a vehicle accident. Machines keep him alive. When Shobert convulses, Patricia wants to observe the symptoms, but Nurse Krystal Fantalla forces a confrontation. The next day Patricia finds Krystal dead in Shobert's room. Homicide Detective David Scott investigates, but wants to date Patricia and mostly needs to keep her safe as someone with plenty of power wants her and her comatose patient dead.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of A Time to Die|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Spying & Investigations
What is main char. doing?
- finding a killer (criminal)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- near future (later in 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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